Lauryn Hill, Grammy-winning singer of The Fugees, was expected to be sentenced in her tax evasion case this week, but it has been postponed after she failed to make any repayments, reports the AP. The presiding judge chastised the artist and called it a “criminal matter.”
“This is not someone who stands before the court penniless. Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes,” says Judge Madeline Arleo.
The sentencing has been postponed until May 6, at which time Hill could face up to three years in prison. So far she has only paid $50,000 of the $500,000 she promised to pay when she was charged with willfully failing to file her taxes from 2005 to 2007, during which time she had nearly $2 million in income.
Her attorney says she will make full restitution before the rescheduled sentencing.
Hill may have another problem on her hands — there was report over the weekend that her New Jersey landlord is trying to have her evicted.